I want to get into shooting

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  1. Mitch

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    I've always just had a simple point and shoot camera, with my last one kicking the bucket, I'm in the market for a new/used camera.

    I would be using it for mostly shooting outdoors, surfing and other sports. I don;t really have a set budget, but I'm not looking for drop 1K on gear.

    School me on SLRs and whatnot...
     
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    As I tell everyone, go to the store. Pick up a Canon and pick up a Nikon. Fiddle with the focus, the knobs, the dials, etc. One will feel great. One will feel awful. Quality-wise, they're going to be very comparable. Get the one that feels good to you and fits in your budget.

    Depending on what you want to shoot, you'll probably want a wider angle lens, usually the camera will come with one, and probably something with a little longer focal length (say 70-300). If you get a Nikon, Danial has this lens for sale for a decent price. You may want to check it out.
     
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    I agree with getson.. i have 2 lenses now but DESSPERATELY want a 70-300
     
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    If you're shooting surfing, look ahead and look into the availability, and cost, of waterproof housings for the different models incase down the road you decide you want to actually get into the water with it.
     
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    The 70-300/75-300 will be a great lens to start out with. If you want to seriously get in to shooting surfing you will quickly find its limitations and want to upgrade though. A lens in that range is a perfect starter though.
     
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    what do SLr's usually come with for a lens??
     
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    You can get them as just the body (I have a d40x body for sale :bigup:) or you can get them with a kit lens. Usually it is something like an 18-55, and then often you can get a "value" kit, that comes with a second, usually longer, lens.
     
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    details on what you have

    What to look out for when buying used guys/gals?

    Thanks for the help
     
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    I got a Rebel XSi with a 18-55mm Image Stabilizer and a 55-250mm Image Stabilizer. I price matched a Dell deal at Best Buy, and got it for $899 + tax. Also bought some accessories, and a warranty (to get the price match deal). Ended up being $1400 taxes in with 2 batteries, the battery grip, UV filter, Camera bag, 3 year warranty, body and 2 lenses.

    Regular price on the body and 2 lenses is like $1100 or something.
     
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    yea, more than I'd like to spend, I'm just starting out
     
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    i got a rebel xt through future shop for $320 plus tax came with a 50mm bought a 18-55 from mosher :) bought an external flash..
     
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    I'm looking at trying to get an external flash right now. Looking at the 580ex II...Henry's has it on sale for $479.
     
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    I am too.

    SLR world is quite expensive I'm discovering. Every little things costs more than you'd think.
     
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    if only someone had tried to tell you that
     
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    i know what your saying jenn i got my flash off of kijiji
     
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    Its a Nikon D40x body with battery and charger. You would still have to find a lens. Which if you just want to focus on surfing is good because you won't have to spend money initially on a short kit lens and can put the money towards a good 70-200 for example and get a shorter one later. $300

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond40x/

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/nikon_d40x.html
     

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